After a bit of a spell and recovering from the Brisbane Show earlier this month, I thought it was about time I exercised my two finger typing skills yet again for the 80th chapter of my ramblings… So here goes.
With the recent show, we are proud to say it was our best yet. And by a long shot too. We would like to thank the organisers at AMRA for their amazing assistance. The new venue is brilliant, if not a little different to what we are used to seeing at these events.
Obviously, with so many RTR models this year there was a lot of interest in QR modeling. As promised, Wuiske Models again in association with Haskell Co were proud to release our 4th RTR wagon for the Queensland modelers.
As with all of our previous RTR announcements, there’s no need to wait as they’re
The OLO tank wagons were a bit of an accidental project for us. We were approached back in November 2012 by SDS Models to see if we would be interested in producing the Queensland variant of the NSW NTAF tank wagons.
The OLO wagons came up from NSW in early 1992 whilst still owned by Ampol. Due to Ampol being bought by Caltex a couple of years later, the 18 OLO wagons were stored on the old grain sidings at Pinkenba from around 1994 until 1996 when QR bought them from Caltex. The initial plan from QR was to make use of the bogies and brake equipment.
Unlike most QR wagons, the OLOs are a bit of a mixed bag. These wagons were fitted with several different types of bogies. Those being type 23, type 29 and type 30 bogies. The wagons fitted with type 29 and type 30 bogies were fitted with Oscar type bogies, which were fitted with a brake cylinder on the bogie itself and had no actual brake cylinder fitted to the wagon underframes.
The wagons also had two variations of underframe, the 9 inch and the 6 inch underframe. As well as this, the OLO wagons were built by several suppliers, those being Tulloch, Commonwealth Engineering and another Goodwin.
(Photo on right depicts variations in OLOs)
Once purchased by QR (for less than the scrap value, or so the rumor goes) the wagons were leased to Shell to run on to their Western Depots. At around this time, Shell built a new major depot at Miles and these wagons, as well as any other 63 tonne tank wagons that could be sourced, were utilised on this service.
From arrival in Queensland in 1992, the OLO wagons would have worn a silver livery with a small Ampol logo on them for a period of 4 years, with two of those years being spent stored as Caltex had their own wagons prior to purchasing Ampol.
After being sold to QR in 1996, the majority of the OLO wagons were repainted in the usual wagon grey. This most likely would have been done in Toowoomba as it was one of only two wagon maintanence facilities remaining (the other being Townsville).
Of the 18 units purchased and leased by Shell, only 9 were to the design we have produced. The other 9 units were a combination of two and three dome vehicles with various types of bogies, brakes, inspection hatches and underframes.
(Photo on left depicts variant version)
To round out the OLO class, a further 7 units were constructed, 5 of which were a of an almost identical design as the ORO wagons that QR already had and the remaining two were similar to the OTY wagons.
(Photo on right depicts variant version)
We would like to extend our appreciation to Arthur Hayes for clarification of the history and information relating to the OLO tank wagon class.
As per usual with the release of our RTR items, the couplers have been set at the correct height for QR models and are fitted with genuine Kadee #58 couplers. They also feature finely machined, blackened brass wheels and accurate lettering and printing. There are a heap of other inclusions on these wagons but I will just let the pictures do the talking for those.
New Models aside, at the Brisbane Show, I managed to pick myself up one of the new station buildings from Queensland Scale Models. These are a laser cut styrene kit and are priced just south of the $100 mark.
Upon getting home after the show, I started building mine… All I can say is wow! These kits are beautiful. They are REALLY well thought out and go together like a dream. If you are modeling QR, you NEED at least one of these!
Once again, we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the organisers of the Brisbane Model Train Show. The boys at AMRA had many hurdles to jump through with the move to the new venue, however the end result was exceeding of expectations.
With the first show of the “Show Season” out of the way, we’re now looking forward to this weekend’s Toowoomba Show. As always, it promises to be a hugely successful event in a great family atmosphere.
We look forward to seeing you there!
These super detailed models are available in three-packs for just $175.00.
These wagons are available in three sets with a total of 9 running numbers available.
- Accurate coupler height
- Fine Scale RP25/88 blackened wheels
- Genuine Kadee #58 couplers
- Extremely fine door detail
- Fine brake detail
- Modeller applied running numbers and modern QR reflective logos as per the prototype
- Modeller applied air hoses
The wheels for these wagons have been tried and tested to ensure they will run on a minimum radius of 18 inches without any problems. They have also been tested on Peco, Tillig, Shinohara and Bemo track to ensure reliable running qualities no matter what type of track you have.
As with our other three RTR wagons, these OLO wagons will be available in limited numbers in HO standard gauge.
As always, we shall see how we go.